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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.
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Sports round-up 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE BASEBALL: A flurry of runs in the final innings led Monclova Christian Academy’s baseball team to a 10-7 non-league win May 4 in Fayette.

The Eagles were down 4-0 going into  the bottom of the sixth inning, but tied the game with hits by Zayne Colegrove, Nelson Barnhiser, Travis Cline, Chase Hookstadt, Kruce Miller and Cole Burkholder.

Monclova came back with two runs in the top of the seventh, but Fayette tied it again at 6-6 with hits by Cline, Hookstadt, Miller, Dalton Goeltzenleuchter and Quinton Keefer.

The visitors added four in the eighth and the Eagles came through with only one after Colegrove reached home on stolen bases.

A weather delay forced Fayette and Pettisville to stop in the third inning May 3 and finish up the next night. The Blackbirds posted a big 21-2 victory.

With Colegrove and Goeltzenleuchter on base, Burkholder belted a single to send both runners home.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL: Tiffany Bates nearly came through with a victory in her first varsity start on the mound Thursday, but Stryker came from behind to win 13-10.

The Panthers did it again in the sectional tournament game, winning 3-1.

In the game Thursday, Stryker knocked Bates for three hits in the opening inning to take a 5-0 lead. They added two more in the second inning before going three-up, three-down in the third.

The Eagles started working on their comeback in the bottom of the second. Rachel Seiler was safe on an error, Jeri Ann Lewellen drew a walk and Seiler came home on Megan Stannard’s base hit. Lewellen stole home and Stannard scored on a passed ball.

In the third, Brooke Croskey drew a walk and advanced on Rachel Seiler’s base hit. One run scored on a fielder’s choice single by Lewellen and another came home on Leah Brinegar’s sacrifice to cut the score to 7-5.

Jessica White opened Fayette’s half of the fourth inning with a walk. Janaye Smith walked and Sydney Brown loaded the bases with a single.

Croskey drew a walk to force home a run and Seiler batted in a run on a fielder’s choice. Lewellen tried to stretch a double into a three-bagger, but was tossed out after two runners crossed home.

In the fifth inning, Stryker put a runner on base with a walk, but Lewellen got the force out at second and threw to White at first for a double play.

The Eagles’ 9-7 lead held through the top of the sixth when four runs scored with two outs. Fayette made it 12-10 when Stannard dropped a base hit behind shortstop and Seiler came home. The Eagles left the bases loaded after Bates drew a walk, and that was the end of their scoring.

Seiler ended the game with three runs scored and four base hits. In addition to the hits mentioned earlier, Bates and Brinegar each has base hits.

FAYETTE TRACK: Fayette runners scored two second places and three fourths Saturday at the Montpelier Invitational. Fifteen teams competed.

Junior distance runner Darrell Randall had the best success, taking second in the 1600-meter run (4:39.8) and second in the 3200-meter run (10:22). He was just behind rival Cody Livensparger in both races—less than a second back in the close 1600-meter race. He was four second back in the longer run.

Elisha Hartman placed fourth in the girls 800-meter run at 2:32.9, her best time since last year’s district race. Melanie Seiler placed eighth at 2:39.8

Hartman and Seiler teamed with Alexa Kessler and Erica Goeltzenleuchter for a fourth-place finish in the 3200-meter relay (11:18).

Goeltzenleuchter took a fourth-place spot on her own in the 3200-meter run (12:41) after coming in seventh in the 1600-meter run (6:01).

Dustin Lantz placed seventh in the long jump at 16-4.5.

Noelle Goodson advanced to the semifinals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Kessler advanced in the girls 200.

MORENCI TRACK: Seven personal bests were recorded Thursday at Sand Creek, but the Bulldogs’ track teams both fell to the Aggies.

Garrett Mohr had his top discus toss of the season at 131-3 and Dustin Roller’s 6-0 high jump was his best. Tyler Guelde turned in his best 1600-meter race (5:06) and Max Gautz came through with his best 300-meter hurdle race (:43.7).

Luke Spaulding ran his fastest 3200-meter race at 10:57.

For the girls, Brooke Bovee bested her 100-meter hurdle time (:16.4), her 100-meter dash time (:13.26) and her 300-meter hurdle time (:29.35).

Saturday at Hudson. Mercedez McCaskey ran her best 1600-meter race at 6:41.

Bovee was the only individual winner (300 hurdles, :50.4) and the only boys win came in the 1600-meter relay at 3:43.5 (Simon Jeffers, Roller, Brett Bovee and Chas Frey).

MORENCI BASEBALL: Nick Wilson earned nearly a dozen strikeouts on the mound for Morenci at home Monday, but defensive errors aided Britton/Deerfield in posting an 11-4 TCC victory.

Wilson’s earned runs were few that game, coach Don Williams said, as defensive lapses made the difference.

The Bulldogs also had some trouble getting on base.

“We were putting the bat on the ball, but the hits weren’t strong enough or else they went right at people,” Williams said.

He’s still seeing a lack of confidence at the plate among his young players.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the third on no hits. In the fourth, Austin VanBrandt drove Daniel Stutzman home with a base hit.

In the seventh, Dustin Roller walked, stole a base and scored on Riley Burk’s second RBI-sacrifice of the night.

VanBrandt played his first game at third base due to Desmond Alcock’s injury and he did a good job, Coach Williams said.

Summerfield claimed a five-inning 10-0 win last Wednesday as Morenci came through with only two base hits—one each from Cody Long and Eddie Cousino.

Cousino almost got an RBI on his single, but a perfect relay to home plate resulted in a tag out on Wilson.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Tia Tompkins notched a no-hitter at home Monday when the Bulldogs toppled Britton/Deerfield in five innings, 15-1.

She walked four and struck out eight.

Chelsea Tompkins finished with three singles, Tia Tompkins had a triple and a single and Chanler McCaskey belted a home run.

Ninth-ranked Summerfield scattered runs across four innings last Wednesday to post a 10-0 softball win over Morenci in six innings.

Tompkins had trouble finding the strike zone in the third inning, coach Kay Johnson said, as she walked five in that inning and another four in the sixth when Summerfield finished it off with four runs.

Morenci’s only hit came in the second inning Matea Garcia singled to left field. No other batter reached base safely and the Summerfield pitcher ended with 14 strikeouts.

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